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Old 02-26-2012, 04:45 PM   #16
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I got sruck at a track meet yesterday and didn't get a chance to work on the smoker. I figured I could get a couple hours today before Daytona. Thanks to the rain in Daytona, I had some extra time.

So I started this morning by cutting off the top. I used the base of my jigsaw as a guide and ran it along the edge of upper middle band. I had a little screw up but nothing major. A little advice for those who are going to build one, start in one spot with your cut and go all the way around the barrel to where you started. Don't cut half way and then go the other direction. The bands aren't exactly level. They are close.
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I have seen other Wine Barrel Smokers that after years of poor care, the staves tend to warp and move, looking like the barrel could use some serious orthodontic care. To counter this problem, I took and extra barrel hoop, cut the rivets, and resized and welded the hoop to fit inside the lip of the lower portion of the barrel. I screwed the hoop into place. By doing this it actually served two more purposes, attaching the chains, and the L-brackets for the cooking grate.
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If the weather holds out, I should be able to do the final sanding tomorrow and begin staining and installing the external hardware on Tuesday with a trial burn in on Wednesday.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:47 PM   #17
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awesome work. this is really interesting. can't wait to see how it cooks!
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:00 PM   #18
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that is sooo coool!!! does it pass any of the wood/wine flavor while cooking?
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:08 PM   #19
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that is sooo coool!!! does it pass any of the wood/wine flavor while cooking?
I have been told that it does. However once I get a few cooks in it, the inside would be seasoned just like in any other somoker thus sealing in the wine flavor. I have a cure for that though, buy more wine barrels and cut them up for wine infused oak chunks.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:20 PM   #20
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Great build , I have used chopped up wine barrel for smoking and it tasted great
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:39 PM   #21
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Nice lookin cooker.
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:16 PM   #22
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Very nice looking build so far.

I still can't wrap my head around a wood wine barrel smoker. But, I did some searching the other day and saw a few videos... crazy. Most of the ones I saw used an electric heating element. Seems a safe way to go. I really don't know. I wish you luck as it sure is pretty. Please keep us posted.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:01 PM   #23
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Certainly one of the more interesting projects. Can't wait to see how she cooks.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:20 PM   #24
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Good post. I have been thinking about making a wine or whiskey barrel smoker for some time. I have not started yet so I am looking forward to your finished project and seeing how well it functions.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:35 AM   #25
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This is my first wine barrel smoker build to witness....really nice to see the process....trying to tell myself I don't need one.....don't need one.....don't need one.
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Looks cool as hell, I'm kinda thinking like ---k--- though I have only seen electric wooden barrel smokers never a charcoal one, are you going to put a pizza pan or something on the bottom ?
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Nice, very nice!
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If I tries to use one of those the end result would be a pile of ash and charred metal bits.

I've had my uds get away from me and go over 500 degrees.
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What are you going to use for inlet and exhaust air?
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:35 AM   #30
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Looks cool as hell, I'm kinda thinking like ---k--- though I have only seen electric wooden barrel smokers never a charcoal one, are you going to put a pizza pan or something on the bottom ?
I started this thread with the build of the fire basket. I used a 60 qt. steamer basket that I modified and attached a 16" steel pizza pan to the bottom.

Thanks for looking. As with Daytona, I had a weather delay yesterday, so I should be working on this after work today.
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